48 swine flu deaths in Punjab, says Mittal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 10:08 IST

Replying to a call attention notice from Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi, industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal, speaking on behalf of health minister Surjit Jyani, said out of the 554 suspected cases in Punjab, 225 were found positive.

He said 48 people had died of swine flu in the state till March 10. “Arrangements had been made in all government and private hospitals to provide free test facilities to the patients suffering from the infection.

The health department had set up helpline number 104 and created isolation wards in hospitals,” Mittal said. Replying to another call attention notice of Channi on spread of cancer in the state, Mittal said the government is worried to know the reasons and the spread of cancer.

We have received the 2013-14 report of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and are studying it. To measure the magnitude of cancer problem in Punjab, PGI’s School of Public Health, in association with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, has initiated cancer registries.

Patients are being provided `1.5 lakh grant under the cancer relief fund. Channi then claimed that `1.5 lakh cancer relief was not enough.

Jakhar leaves for Delhi

During the call attention notice by Congress MLAs, leader of opposition Sunil Jakhar had to leave for Delhi on learning about the hospitalisation of his father, veteran Congress leader Balram Jakhar. He also could not lead the opposition response to the governor’s address.

No zero hour

There was effectively no zero hour of as Jakhar opposed speaker Charanjit Atwal’s decision of not allowing the breach-of-privilege motion on Monday. Congress MLAs stood up to show they had the requisite strength of 30 MLAs to move it. Ruling benches also stood up to show they had the strength to move their privilege motion against them. The opposition lost the chance to corner the government on the land bill.

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